September 6, 2022

A Picture Gallery of the Soul

Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota

Kwame Brathwaite, Untitled (Kwame Brathwaite Self-Portrait at AJASS Studios), 1964/2016. Archival pigment print, mounted and framed, 30 × 30 in. Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles.

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery, operated by the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, presents A Picture Gallery of the Soul, a group exhibition of over 100 Black American artists whose work incorporates the photographic medium. Sampling a range of photographic expressions from traditional photography to mixed media and conceptual art and spanning a timeframe that includes the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, A Picture Gallery of the Soul honors, celebrates, investigates, and interprets Black history, culture, and politics in the United States. The exhibition title comes from the Lecture on Pictures, delivered by Frederick Douglass in Boston in 1861.

Artists in the exhibition: Salimah Ali, Devin Allen, The Rev. Henry Clay Anderson, Jean Andre Antoine, Thomas E. Askew, Radcliffe Bailey, J. P. Ball, John L. Banks, Anthony Barboza, Ronald Barboza, Miranda Barnes, C. M. Battey, James “Jimmy” Baynes, Endia Beal, Arthur P. Bedou, Hugh Bell, Dawoud Bey, Mark Blackshear, Kwame Brathwaite, Sheila Pree Bright, George O. Brown, Nakeya Brown, Kesha Bruce, Crystal Z Campbell, María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Micaiah Carter, Charles Chamblis, Vanessa Charlot, Albert Chong, Tiffany L. Clark, Mark Clennon, Tameca Cole, Florestine Perrault Collins, Bill Cottman, Adger Cowans, Gerald Cyrus, Louis Draper, Barbara DuMetz, Mara Duvra, John Edmonds, Dudley Edmondson, Cydni Elledge, Awol Erizku, Nona Faustine, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Al Fennar, Alanna Fields, Lola Flash, Krista Franklin, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Russell Frederick, Tia-Simone Gardner, Courtney Garvin, Bill Gaskins, John F. Glanton, Tony Gleaton, Goodridge Brothers, Kris Graves, Walter Griffin, Allison Janae Hamilton, Lucius W. Harper, Charles “Teenie” Harris, Daesha Devón Harris, L. Kasimu Harris, LeRoy Henderson, Jon Henry, Chester Higgins, Bobby Holland, Mildred Howard, Earlie Hudnall, Ayana V. Jackson, Frank Jackson, Leslie Jean-Bart, Rashid Johnson, Caroline Kent, Dionne Lee, Fern Logan, Stephen Marc, Robert H. McNeill, Ozier Muhammad, Nancy Musinguzi, Bruce Palaggi, Gordon Parks, Ebony G. Patterson, Howardena Pindell, John Pinderhughes, Carl Robert Pope, Jr., Deborah Roberts, Herb Robinson, Bobby Rogers, Keris Salmon, Keisha Scarville, Addison N. Scurlock, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jamel Shabazz, Harry Shepherd, Coreen Simpson, Lorna Simpson, Marvin and Morgan Smith, Ming Smith, Jovan C. Speller, Bruce W. Talamon, Elnora and Arthur Chester Teal, Hank Willis Thomas, Richard A. Twine, James Van Der Zee, Shawn Walker, Augustus Washington, Carrie Mae Weems, Carla Williams, Deborah Willis.

The exhibition catalog, published by Katherine E. Nash Gallery and the University of California Press, provides additional context on the connections between Black American history and culture and the photographic process, from its inception to the present day. The catalog includes a full-page image, caption, statement, and biography for each artist in the exhibition, and essays by Cheryl Finley, crystal am nelson, Seph Rodney, and Deborah Willis.

Made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Phillip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Kate and Stuart Nielsen, Metropolitan Picture Framing, BluDot and The Givens Foundation for African American Literature. Curated by Herman J. Milligan, Jr. and Howard Oransky.

Keynote presentation online:
September 15, 6:30–7:30pm
Professor Deborah Willis, New York University. Register here.

Opening program in-person: September 22, 6–7pm
Presentations by Professor Cheryl Finley and artist Adger Cowans. RSVP here.

Opening reception in-person: September 22, 7–9pm
Free and open to the public. RSVP here.

Spoken word event in-person: October 12, 12:15–1:15pm
Ty Chapman, Keno Evol, Andrea Jenkins. RSVP here.

Writers reading event in-person: November 17, 12:15–1:15pm
Mary Easter, G.E. Patterson, Davu Seru. RSVP here.

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